best friends forever and ever

An art show @ Municipal Gallery of Kallithea „Sofia Laskaridou”
Concept-curated by COMOTIRIO

Laskaridou Street 120, Kallithea
Municipal Gallery of Kallithea „Sofia Laskaridou”
5 - 10.07.2022

From Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Thelma and Louise or the Sex and the City quartet, thousands of expert opinion articles try to unravel the mystery of female friendship, which is challenged and thoroughly examined: does it really exist?
Sofia Laskaridou, a painter with studies in Athens, Paris and Munich, achieved equal education for women at the Athens School of Fine Arts, while Thalia Flora-Karavia, having studied painting in Istanbul, Paris and Munich, was a war correspondent for the Alexandrian "Newspaper" in the First Balkan War. Their cosmopolitanism and social emancipation united them as they were breaking norms and stereotypes. They circulated alone in an era where the separation of action spheres between the two sexes prevailed -Laskaridou even carried a weapon to protect herself from thieves while painting in the countryside-, claiming their equal presence in the art world and their self-existent artistic entity.
In 1906 Laskaridou and Flora-Karavia held a joint exhibition at the Parnassos Literary Society in Athens. They were recognized as professional creators, something groundbreaking for the Greek reality of the time. On the occasion of this artistic synergy from 1906, we present the exhibition BFFEAE at the Municipal Gallery of Kallithea "Sofia Laskaridou" -former house of the painter and residential work by Ernst Ziller- focusing on the theme of female friendship and collaboration in the context of the contemporary Greek art scene.
Female collaborating schemes are presented, as well as new artistic collaborations based on the friendship of the creators.

Participating artists: 2WO+1ΝΕ=2 | Marilena Aligizaki & Maro Michalakakos | ANAFANDON | The Brides of Maltepe | COMOTIRIO | European Network of Women in Greece | Flower Girls | Marina Gioti & Christelle Makris | Theodora Malamou & Myrto Xanthopoulou 

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